DEUCHER, Elizabeth

DEUCHER, Elizabeth

Elizabeth “Betty” Deucher (nee Feigi), 84, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010 in her home.

A woman of extensive knowledge and lifelong teacher she was respected by many and will be remembered with love by family, colleagues and friends!

Born in Cleveland on October 18, 1925, she was the daughter of Steve and Julia Feigi.  A Hall of Fame Alumni from West Tech High School (Jan ’44), Elizabeth was ‘one of the first four girls’ admitted to Case School of Applied Science.   Although marriage and a family altered her dream of becoming a chemical engineer, she was a dedicated elementary teacher at Holy Family Catholic School and retired from the Parma City School District in 1989.  Traveling to areas she visited in books, Elizabeth collected photos and friends in 7 countries, untold locations in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, and worked with Global Volunteers in China on three different trips.

Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband Donald John, sons Robert Steven (Robyn Beth) and Jamie Morris Deucher; her in-laws, Albert and Florence Deucher, brother-in-law Albert W. Deucher.  She is survived by her beloved daughters: LtCol (Ret) Kathleen (Lee) Brown, Cynthia (John) Carrick, Ann-Marie (Dr. James) Cunningham, Lisa (Gus) Steinke, Sharon (Ret Col Michael) Mattei who gave her grandchildren to love and nurture: Jennifer, Jessica, Tim, Julia, Karl, David, Ian, Daniel, Elizabeth, Andrew, Brian and Elise and great granddaughter, Rian.  Dear sister of Patricia Deucher and aunt of Christine, David and Jeff.  She relished the calls and memory quizzes from her former neighbor and ‘Honorary Son,’ Bill Zaletal, long after she moved to Virginia where she volunteered at Driver Elementary School.

Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, May 19, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 7367 York Road, Parma.  VISITATION AT THE ZABOR FUNERAL HOME, 5680 PEARL RD., PARMA, (BETWEEN SNOW AND RIDGE), TUESDAY, MAY 18 FROM 4-8 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4635 Richmond Rd., Cleveland, Oh 44128.

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  1. Jenny Witter on May 13th, 2010 3:09 pm

    Dear Sharon and family,

    Your Mom was quite a lady and I certainly enjoyed knowing
    her and learning from her. We had many laughs together
    while teaching at Dag Hammerskjold (sp?) Elementary School

    Keep in touch. Our sympathy, love and friendship are with you.

    Jenny, John and family

  2. Gary Schwab on May 16th, 2010 11:26 am

    Our thoughts go out to all the Deucher family. I have many wonderful memories of growing up on Blossom Avenue. We have been lucky that our home in Charlotte has offered a similar neighborhood for our daughters, who have often heard the stories of Parma Heights in the 1950s and 1960s. Your mom was a great one and our thoughts are with you … Gary

  3. Brad Lawley on June 25th, 2010 10:19 am

    I met Mrs. Deucher and her whole family years ago; a smile comes to my face just thinking about them all. Mrs Deucher was a lovely person. My sincere condolences to you Ann-Marie and your entire family for their loss.

  4. Gregg Bauer on June 29th, 2010 1:39 pm

    Ann,
    Sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Met her only once when we stopped by your house long ago back in college, and she offered us cookies and sodas.
    Hope everything else is going well in your life.
    Gregg

  5. Jonathan Petersohn on July 1st, 2010 10:25 pm

    Ann,

    Brad told me about your mother passing away… My condolences to you and your family. I never met your mom, but if she was anything like you, I’m sure she was one sweet person…

    Take care,

    Jon Petersohn

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